BLUES BROTHERS 2000
JOHN LANDIS (Director/Producer/Co-writer) began his career
as a mail boy at 20th Century Fox. After years as a writer, stuntman,
actor, extra and production assistant on many movies, he rose
to international recognition when he directed the 1977 blockbuster
National Lampoon's Animal House. Since then, he has gone
on to direct some of the most popular films of the last two decades,
including such hit comedies as The Blues Brothers, Trading
Places, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, Coming to America and
Beverly Hills Cop III. Landis' other credits include the cult
favorite Schlock, Kentucky Fried Movie, An American Werewolf
in London, The Twilight Zone, Into the Night, Amazon Women on
the Moon, Oscar, Innocent Blood and The Stupids. In
addition, he directed Michael Jackson in the now-classic long
form music videos Thriller and Black or White.
For television, under the St. Clare Entertainment banner, Landis
was executive producer and often director of the ACE and Emmy
Award-winning HBO comedy series Dream On. He was also executive
producer on the series Campus Cops and Weird Science,
both for the USA Network and the movies-of-the-week Here Come
The Munsters and The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas
for the Fox Broadcast Network. He is currently executive producing
the weekly series Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The Series
for Buena Vista Television.
Landis has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work,
including several NAACP Image Awards, People's Choice Awards,
Cable Ace Awards for Dream On and various international
film festival awards. In 1985, he was honored by the French Government
when he was given the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts
et des Lettres and, in 1994, the Edinburgh Film Festival held
a career retrospective of his work. The week after completing
principal photography on Blues Brothers 2000, Landis traveled
to Rimini, Italy, where he was awarded the Federico Fellini Prize.
As a representative of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts &
Sciences, Landis has lectured at various film schools and universities,
including Yale, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Texas A&M,
University of Miami and Indiana University. He is also an advisor
at the Sundance Institute in Utah.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Landis and his family moved to Los
Angeles soon after his birth. He is married to Deborah Nadoolman,
an Oscar - nominated costume designer, with whom he has
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